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Thursday, September 1, 2011

HAPPY MABON!!!!!


WELCOME to the 58th edition of the Edge of the Circle Newsletter. This newsletter has come about as an effort to reach out to the Pagan/ Occult community (particularly in Seattle where we are based) to inform the community of what events are happening at our store. I've got great plans for this newsletter.Hopefully, as time goes by, it will only get bigger and better.Without further ado, welcome, and enjoy.
Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler,Editrix

WHO WE ARE:
Edge of the Circle Books is Seattle's resource for Paganism & the Occult. This newsletter seeks to provide the Seattle community with a place to list events, post articles, and do a bit of networking. We are located at: 701 E. Pike St, corner of Boylston Ave., just two blocks west of Broadway, on Capitol Hill. 

Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store. Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 9pm. Call: 206-PAN-1999

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Become a Fan, post your event on the discussion page!

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REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Saturdays, and Sundays!

Classroom/Ritual Space is available-- please call for details!



SPECIAL THANKS/ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
Marie-Lan Nguyen, for use of her photo :Dionysos Louvre Ma87 n2.jpg.

We have some great new Occultnic Jewelry! Click to get a closeup of the New Baphomet pendant!
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THE WITCHCRAFT OF DAME DARREL OF YORK
By Charles Godfrey Leland , Prof. Robert Mathiesen (Introduction)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: The Witches Almanac (January 1, 2011)
List Price $65.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
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The Witchcraft of Dame Darrell of York purports to be the full account of the Witchcraft practiced in medieval England in the medieval era. The account was transcribed by her nephew after her death in order to preserve all her lore and learning for future generations of witches. In truth, Dame Darrell was an imaginative recreation of how witchcraft was practiced in medieval England. However, it is not pure fiction. It is based on Leland's years of prodigious research. And the structure of this work leaves room for readers to create their own practice rooted in tradition, yet responsive to twentieth
century needs and sensibilities.

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This beautifully reproduced facsimile of the illuminated manuscript includes a full transcript of the text. This is a book that sheds light on an ancient tradition and provides the basis for a modern practice. It will be embraced by those practicing Pagans, scholars, and anyone interested in the legend and lore of England.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903) was an American humorist, journalist, and folklorist. He is credited with being one of the main forces in the development of neo-paganism.

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THE GRIMOIRE OF ARTHUR GAUNTLET
A 17th Century London Cunning-man's book of charms, conjurations and prayers
Includes material from the Heptameron, the Arbatel, the Discoverie of Witchcraft; and the writings of Cornelius Agrippa and William Bacon
Edited by David Rankine
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Avalonia (June 1, 2011)
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet is an outstanding example of a seventeenth century London Cunning-man's book of practice. Cunning-folk were practitioners of magic and herbal medicine who dealt with problems in their local communities. Cunning-man Arthur Gauntlet was based in Gray's Inn Lane in London, and his personal working book contains a fascinating diverse mixture of herbal remedies, prayers, magical and biblical charms, with previously unseen angelic conjurations and magic circles, in an eclectic blend of practical magic for health, wealth, love and protection. This unique manuscript demonstrates both the diverse and spiritual nature of such Cunning-folk's books of practice, as well as their magical emphasis on Biblical scripture, particularly the Psalms, and their opposition to witchcraft, found in charms and conjurations. Arthur Gauntlet worked with a female skryer called Sarah Skelhorn, and drew on numerous preceding sources for his craft, including the Arbatel, the Heptameron, Folger Vb.26, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, the Book of Gold, the writings of the German magus Cornelius Agrippa, the astrologer William Bacon and Queen Elizabeth I's court astrologer Dr. John Dee, as well as other London Cunning-folk. In his introduction, the author provides fresh insights into the hidden world of seventeenth century magical London, exploring the web of connections between astrologers, cunning-folk and magicians, playwrights, authors and church figures. These connections are also highlighted by the provenance of the manuscript, which is traced from Arthur Gauntlet through the hands of such notable angel magicians as Elias Ashmole (founder of the world's first public museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford), Baron Somers (the Lord Chancellor), Sir Joseph Jekyll (Master of the Rolls) and Sir Hans Sloane (founder of the British Museum), as well as the astrologer John Humphreys and the cunning-woman Ann Savadge. This is a unique work which draws attention to the often neglected place of women in seventeenth century magic, both as practitioners (such as skryers and Cunning-women), and customers. It also emphasises the vital and influential role played by Cunning-Men and Women in synthesising and transmitting the magical traditions of medieval Britain into the subsequent centuries, as well as their willingness to conjure a wide range of spiritual creatures to achieve results for their clients, including angels, demons, fairies, and the dead.


THE WOMAN MAGICIAN
Revisioning Western Metaphysics from a Woman's Perspective and Experience
By Brandy Williams
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2011)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
For generations, women have had to channel their strength and power into the role of muse, priestess, or earth mother—and always in the shadow of male magicians. This groundbreaking book shatters outdated notions of the Western magical tradition and presents a new paradigm that celebrates and empowers the woman magician.

Drawing on thirty years of study and personal experience, Brandy Williams boldly revisions metaphysics from a female perspective. She introduces a new Magia Femina—a female-centered exploration of tradition, history, philosophy, science, culture, theology, and magic—and shares unique wisdom on how to live authentically as a woman and as a dedicated practitioner of her craft.

Williams discusses women's roles in magic and philosophy throughout history as well as issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, cultural identity, God as divine feminine, the Qabbalah, and the evolution of such magical systems as the Golden Dawn and modern Witchcraft.

Offering a complete and workable ritual system based on Egyptian cosmology, The Woman Magician invites you to become a practicing member of the Sisters of Seshat, the first all-female initiatory magical order since the French Revolution. Experience powerful hands-on individual and group initiatory rituals, and help launch this new order into the greater world.




THE PLANT SPIRIT FAMILIAR
Green Totems, Teachers & Healers On the Path of the Witch
By Christopher Penczak, Foreword by Judika Illes
Publisher: Copper Cauldron Publishing
Paperback: 308 pages
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Christopher Penczak, author of the award-winning Temple of Witchcraft series and the Three Rays of Witchcraft, takes readers on a journey into the green world of plant spirits. Learn about the alchemical, magickal, and homeopathic uses of plants and experience the transformative power plant spirits have to offer us for health, wisdom, and spiritual growth.
From the Back Cover
Just as people gain wisdom and experience healing with animal totems and guides, you can cultivate a similar relationship with the spirits of the plant world. Witches, shamans, and healers know about the intelligence, love, and power found within the herbs and trees, and learn to partner with them as totems and spirits guides. Witches have called such guiding spirits familiars, intermediaries between the worlds. The Plant Spirit Familiar is filled with herbal lore, rituals, meditations, and magick, but more importantly, it is an invitation to open the gateway to the Green World.

Learn about the three types of plant allies, the healing plants known as balms, the power plants known as banes, and the spirit teachers found in the wise old trees. Work with the Green Man and the Lady of Flowers and enter the Soul Garden. Create sacred space for healing, meditation, and shamanic journey, calling upon the plant spirits as guardian. Seek spiritual initiation from the plant world through ritual and sacrament. Deepen your spiritual connection with the Earth by growing roots strong within the land.

While taught from the perspective of nature-based spirituality rooted in the European traditions of magick, one does not need to be a Witch or Pagan to experience the blessings of the green world and The Plant Spirit Familiar. It is open to all seekers. You need only hear the call of the green, and answer it.



TAROT AND ASTROLOGY
Enhance Your Readings with the Wisdom of the Zodiac
By Corrine Kenner
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
(September 8, 2011)
List Price: $17.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Deeply entwined for six centuries, the art of tarot and the science of astrology have an undeniably powerful link. With this unique and user-friendly guidebook, you can easily learn to combine tarot and astrology for yourself—and expand your tarot practice while enriching your life.

Well-known tarot reader Corrine Kenner expertly teaches you everything you need to know, starting with tarot and astrology basics, the cards' archetypal symbols and imagery, the twelve signs of the zodiac, and the planets. You'll discover how every card in the tarot deck relates to astrology, and learn to:

—Read tarot cards and interpret an astrological chart
—Recognize the twelve houses' ruling signs and planets
—Pair the planets, signs, and houses with their corresponding tarot cards
—Understand the astrological associations of the Minor Arcana
—Make connections among the Court Cards, tarot suits, and the four elements
—Identify each card's qabalistic associations
—Give insightful readings for yourself and others

You'll also find practical astrological spreads, interpretive techniques, real-life examples, and sample readings for everyday people and famous figures, including Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, and Prince William.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Corrine Kenner specializes in bringing metaphysical subjects down to earth. Her work on the tarot is widely published, and her classes and workshops are perennial favorites among students in the Midwest. Corrine is a certified tarot master, and she holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from California State University, Long Beach.

Corrine is the author of Tall Dark Stranger, a handbook on using tarot cards for romance, and Tarot Journaling, a guide to the art of keeping a tarot diary. She was also the creator of Llewellyn's Tarot Calendar. She is a contributor to the 2005, 2006, and 2007 editions of the Llewellyn Tarot Reader. A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Kenner edited Llewellyn's popular Astrological Calendar, Daily Planetary Guide, and Sun Sign Book. She is also the author of Crystals for Beginners.

Corrine has lived in Brazil, Los Angeles, and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She now lives in the Midwest with her husband Dan and her daughters Katherine, Emily, and Julia. You can find her website at www.corrinekenner.com.



SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER CALENDAR :
MAGICKAL CLASSES AND EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH --7:30 PM
SPACE TIME MAGIC CLASS
Taylor Ellwood will be presenting a class on Space/Time Magic on the 10th of September at Edge of the Circle Books.

Space Time Magic Class:
In this class you will learn about the mysteries of space and time and how they can be applied as meaningful elements in your magical work to help you successfully turn possibilities into realities. You will learn why its important to factor space and time into your magical work, in order to effectively make changes in your life. We'll discuss what the web of time and space is and how you can use it as a practical model for space/time magic

Fee: $20.00
To RSVP with the store, call (206-726-1999
Saturday, September 10th at 7:30 pm

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th 7PM-9PM and MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th 7PM-9PM 
HISTORY OF MAGICK CLASS
By Anna Gurol

The History of Magic Series:
1. Introduction. Defining terms such as animism, sorcery. Prehistoric goddess worshipping cultures.
2. The Ancient Near East: Chaldea, Babylon, Egypt, Jewish History and Kabbalah. Creation myths.
3. The Classical World of Ancient Greece and Rome, including Orphism, Mystery religions, philosophy and mythology. Also ancient China and India.
4. Celtic, Druid, Heathen and early Europe. The Golden Age of Arabian Alchemy. The Middle Ages and Inquisition.
5. Pre-Colonial cultures: The Americas, Africa, Australia, Oceanic.
6. The Renaissance Revival. Hermetic and Enochian systems.
7. The Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution. American history. Secret Societies: Masons, Illuminati.
8. The 19th Century. Romanticism. The “Re-discovery” of Ancient Wisdom. The Golden Dawn, Theosophy   and others.
9. 20th Century Movements. Wicca. Chaos Magic.
10. Magical Practices and Culture today. ( General Discussion.)

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Anna Gurol is an independent scholar with in- depth knowledge of Philosophy, Art and Literature; 20 years of studying the Occult and Esoteric; and hands-on experience with Self- Sufficiency.

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OCTOBER CLASSES

CHARM CRAFTING 101
By Sunny Sweet
$25.00 per class
Includes all materials needed to craft your charm

Sweet Romance Charm
October 1st –4PM
Looking for Romance? At the end of this class, you will have created a charm to bring Love and Romance into your life!

Sweet Prosperity Charm
October 8th – 4PM
Learn how to craft a charm to draw Prosperity and Success!

Sweet Blessings Charm
October 15th -4PM
Learn how to craft a charm to Protect and Bless yourself or your home!

For More Information:
City Witch
Everybody Should Know a Good Witch
(206) 399-8649


ONGOING AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
(Every 1st Monday of each month)
CELTIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST GROUP 7-9PM
For More Information:

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd , 7-9PM
(Every 4th Thursday of each month)
WITCH'S MEETUP 7-9PM

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th
(Every 4th Monday of each month)
BLACKSUN AND SHADOWHAWK PRESENT:
A NIGHT OF WITCHERY
For the past 30 years, we have been teaching the basics of Wicca, lecturing at
festivals, writing articles and books on Paganism, and acting as priest and
priestess of StarWyrm Coven. We are now starting a new series of meetings for
the those sincerely interested in Wicca, open to all seekers. If you are
seriously considering making Wicca your own brand of spirituality but wonder
what you might be getting into, this is a great starting point. This is NOT a
recruitment or any sort of proselytizing device. The aim of these meetings is to
give information and trade perspectives so you may make up your mind.
Blessed be,
Blacksun and Shadowhawk



SERVICES AVAILABLE 
AT EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
REMINDER: We buy used Occult Books! Our buyer is in on Wednesdays,Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays!
We also have classroom/ritual space-- please call for details.
Need Spell advice? Just ask!

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TAROT READINGS / SPIRITUAL ADVICE







UNCOMMONSENSE TAROT
Tarot readings by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler

" I've been reading Tarot for more than thirty years, and reading professionally at the Edge for a decade. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be rather commonsensical (hence the name) and are geared toward helping the client  circumvent the often self-imposed obstacles in their lives, so that they can achieve their goals and fully enjoy the fruits that life has to bring."

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.
Available every day except THURSDAYS-- 12:30-8.30PM.
Sundays 12:30-8:30 PM

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KELLY MARJORIE KELLEHER
Daughter of the Ancients
Psychic, Healer, Muse...
Thursdays at Edge of the Circle Books 2-8:30pm

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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again OCTOBER 1st , 2011!
HAPPY MABON!!!!
Raven
Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter
golanv1@yahoo.com




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